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GIFT ,0F THE MOUNTAINS
. By H. .M. Egbert.
r '(Copyright by W., G. Chapman.)
When John, Anderson, at; the
age of -forty, married Miss Lucy
Page, aged twentyLfive; the gos
sip's shook their heads and smiled.
'.Fifteen years' 'difference in the
age of husjband and wife is-not an
insurmountable barrier, other
His 'Clothes Were in, Rage.
things being equal. But Ander
son was a' bookish man whose
sole hobby -was botany, and Miss
Page, was' the only daughter of a
worldly mother wholad. sudden
ly been reduced from affluence to
poverty. Anderson .had a com
fortable competence; his only
.hobby was his encyclppedia)ia
classification of the three huti-v
dred -thousand botanical speci
mens catalogued bV Linnaeus and
his successors. The large portion"
of his annuity, which-this did riot
absorb? would place mother and
daughter beyond the reach" of' -poverty.
So John 'Anderson' .be
came Lucy's husband, - -J
, For a year they lived happjly, ;
traveling as the needs of -the encyclopedia-dictated.
ed the habits of the rarer orchids
in South America and studied the
hardy' mosses in Labrador. ) The
volume on Alpine plants t'was 'to
be the chef xToeure of the great
work-, and t,hus their second'stim
mer found them, in .Switzerland.
And here it was that the fnevit- '
able occurred. Lucy Anderson's
emotional nature, which jhad. con
centrated itself upon flowers,
found its attraction in Hubert
It was1, a commonplace affair, .
and, since both were persons of
some character, the awakening ,
came slowly. Anderson was. taken
with the younger man when the
three met at the Hotel Anglais in'l -.
Zwingli. The professor intended
to spend three months there, un7 t
der the shadow of the frowning
Col Saint-Jean, where rare species,
of the edelweiss flourish. Trench
Was a resident at-rthe hotel,
whither he hadcome to ward 'off .,
a threatened pulmonary attack.
"Trench, I want you to. take -care
of Mrs. Anderson While Lam
gathering mv specimens' saidV
Anderson frankly. "You two
young people will amuse each!
pther,.-and she icahnp.t fairly be